biography

“…this brilliant young musician [is] someone to watch, someone who can take us to new vistas and teach us to listen with very different ears.”

–Tony Woodcock, The Huffington Post

“There’s absolutely nothing that anybody should ever ask you about [your song “Mirror Child”] other than say it is wonderful. Extraordinary. Beautiful.”

–Elvis Costello


Kirsten Lamb is an award-winning double bassist, vocalist, and educator praised by the Boston Globe for her “versatility and assurance”. As a soloist, Kirsten performs original works for double bass and voice. She has debuted material at the Massachusetts State House and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and The Stone in New York City. Many prominent musicians have taken note of Lamb’s unique music, including Elvis Costello who hailed her song “Mirror Child” as “wonderful, extraordinary, [and] beautiful.” Also a sought-after collaborator, Kirsten has performed with a wide variety of musicians such as John Zorn, The Ballroom Thieves, The Klezmer Conservatory Band, and Gil Scott-Heron’s Midnight Band. She is an active member of Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band and Klezperanto, and a former member of Cold Chocolate and the Kristen Ford Band. With ensembles, she has performed at venues such as the Kennedy Center, National Sawdust, the Rochester International Jazz Festival and the National Women’s Music Festival. She has won awards alongside several ensembles at the International Jewish Music Festival, the Boston Jewish Music Festival, and the M Prize Competition.

An avid educator, Kirsten maintains a private double bass studio in Boston and through the Wellesley Public Schools, and weekly teaching residencies at Horizons for Homeless Children and the Brookline Early Education Program. Previously, she has been on the Double Bass Faculty at the Dana Hall School of Music, Bridge Boston Charter School, and New England Conservatory’s JazzLab program. Kirsten is a frequent guest teaching artist and workshop leader at universities and grade schools all over the state.

Kirsten holds a Master of Music in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory, where she was awarded the Gunther Schuller Medal upon graduation for “extraordinary contributions” to the school. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Double Bass Performance and Ethnomusicology from Oberlin Conservatory.

Kirsten is currently working on a debut full-length album of original music featuring solo and ensemble compositions. For information about upcoming performances and other news, please subscribe to Kirsten’s mailing list.